Celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain was unhappy Monday when American Airlines delayed his flight to Grand Cayman for what the "No Reservations" TV host called a "#CaymanCookout" on a Twitter rant.
When things didn't go as planned, the 56-year-old author of the gritty expose "Kitchen Confidential," took to the social networking site to unload on the airline.
It was an innocuous enough bunch of tweets at first.
"@Bourdain: Love the poor gate agent, standing mute under the "on time" sign when clearly we are f---ed. #AA," he wrote.
"@Bourdain What does "special situation" mean in airlines speak? Ain't nothin special about late departure #AA"
But as time passed, a bored and delayed Bourdain started joking about the situation.
"@Bourdain Oh. It’s okay now. Denzel is here. #AA"
Bourdain, who makes no secret about his history of drug and alcohol abuse, wrote that he'd timed chemical ingestion to coincide with the trip.
"@Bourdain But but I had timed my airport margaritas and Valium for a timely departure! #AA
He finally upped the rant's ante when he apparently received info about the delay, claiming the flight had been stalled because a passenger had left a stinky souvenir on a seat in the aircraft.
"@Bourdain Latest news is it took #AA two hours to admit a passenger dropped a wet deuce on a seat. Need to change planes."
Fellow foodie and travel-show host Andrew Zimmerman got in on the fun. In a tweet that has since been deleted, Zimmerman cracked wise:
"@andrewzimmern: @Bourdain Amazing how with all the technology it takes to fly, all it takes is some little s**t to mess it all up for everyone," Zimmerman tweeted to Bourdain.
Bourdain, who has no trouble with the crude, took it a step further while knocking the food in airports at the same time.
"@andrewzimmern thinking about paying it forward. Especially after that airport Panini," he wrote.
And never missing an opportunity for marketing, Virgin Airlines butted into the conversation to tell Bourdain:
"@VAAintheUSA: We feel your pain @Bourdain. The combo of a dropped deuce & AA service gives flying a bad name. Come w/ us next time!"
According to ABC News, an American Airlines representative said, “The flight in question was delayed approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”
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